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We are not toothless dogs-NCIC Commission

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The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has continued its quest to banish the ‘toothless-dog’ tag by having more powers to help in the execution of its jurisdiction especially in the run-up to 2022 general elections.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission is mandated by the constitution under the National Cohesion and Integration Act to facilitate and promote equality of opportunity, good relations, harmony, and peaceful co-existence between persons of different ethnic and racial communities in Kenya, and to advise the Government on all aspects.

The commission has for years struggled in stamping its authority due to lack of significant powers that will see it do more to curb the spread of hate in the Kenyan society.

As a result of this, NCIC wants powers to prosecute politicians found guilty of hate speech or any form of threat to Kenya’s peace, especially during the lead-up to next year’s general elections.

The commission also wants politicians to be barred from vying for any seat if found culpable for acts of incitement.

In changes expected with the amendment of the National Cohesion and Integration Act of 2008, the NCIC wants powers to bar warmongers from vying for public office by being given say in the clearance of those going for political office.

Kobia has urged the parliament to fast-track the changes within the law guiding the independent commission.

Kobia: Hate speech cases should be dealt with within 6 months

Early this year NCIC took the fight online going after warmongers that spread hate and division through disinformation, saying the commission has built its officers’ capacity to monitor social media.

“We have been branded toothless dogs for some time now due to our inability to initiate prosecution. We are in talks to set up a special desk to expeditiously deal with hate cases,” he said.

Didacus Malowa

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